21 May, 2019

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Opposition Plans No-Confidence Motion Against Marapana

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today said that it will bring a no-confidence motion against Law and Order Minister Tilak Marapana in Parliament over the Avant Garde issue.

The JVP called on both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to expel Marapana before such a happening.

Tilak Marapana

Tilak Marapana

The JVP also urged the government to probe Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena’s links with the controversial Avant Garde Company.

JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake told media that Abeywardene had taken the Avant Garde Chairman to see President Sirisena on Januaray 10, soon after his election to the high office.

He urged Sirisena to reveal what conspired during the meeting with Abeywardene and the Avant Garde boss.

Ratnayake said that Abeywardena had very close links with Avant Garde. He pointed out that after former Additional Secretary to the Defence Ministry Damayanthi Jayaratne was removed from the post over allegations of misusing her powers to help Avant Garde, Abeywardena had taken steps to appoint her as an Additional Secretary at his Ministry.

He said both Wijeyadsa’s and Abeywardena’s links to the company should be investigated forthwith.

Ratnayake said if Marapana is not removed the JVP will vote against the Law and Order Ministry budget when the debate and vote on the 2016 budget takes place.

The JVP also urged the Prime Minister to reveal his stance over the issue.

Ratnayake recalled that the Prime Minister himself had on several instances noted that there were serious issues related to the Avant Garde firm and the floating armories they maintained.

The JVP Parliamentarian urged the Premier to make his stand known as the government’s own law and order minister has contradicted Wickremesinghe’s claims.

Also Ratnayake questioned why Marapana was not taking any action against the Police after claiming that the Police had raided the floating armoury at Galle harbor after the Presidential polls, just to score points.

The JVP Parliamentarian charged that some UNP MP’s and those parliamentarians loyal to former President Rajapaksa have now formed a united front to defend the Avant Garde.

He said that if Sirisena and Wickremesinghe fails to take action to clean up their “Augean stables”, the so-called yahapalana government could be a part of history before too long.

Meanwhile President Sirisena has called for a special meeting of the Cabinet on Monday to discuss the Avant Garde incident, following heated arguments between ministers over the issue at the cabinet meeting held last Thursday.

Marapana during a debate in parliament on Wednesday dismissed that there was anything illegal about the Avant Garde vessel carrying unauthorized weapons and the whole controversy was due to a lack of understanding and eagerness of police to “score points” with the new government.

Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe also defended the private security firm and denied accusations that the Attorney Generals department had taken bribe to cover-up the scandal.

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  • 8
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    At least Marapana and Wijedasa had guts to admit and tell the truth!
    This company is a great asset. I think few want to grab this business and others want to grab money from this.
    If the company in arrears over tax fine them and let them operate.
    Do not destroy a viable business like Mahinda did to Sevanagala.

    • 8
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      why the spin-doctor ( Mr. DJ..) silent on this very important national issue..

    • 12
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      “This company is a great asset.”
      To whom????.
      The country has a brave, well equipped Army, Navy and an Air Force strong enough to win over a group of ruthless terrorists. The country do not need a company distributing illegal arms among the terrorists and the local mafia.
      Are you on their payroll? I bet you are.

      • 5
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        This bloody crook should be thrown out. Saw the way he was justifying Avant Guard setting up / operations,

        For Ranil for appointing this shit on national list.

      • 2
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        Brave Army…Navy…Air Force ????

        Then why these clowns waited till 2009 till poverty India supplied chemical weapons..and another 34 countries supplied and gave military support ?

        There were Pakistan Pilots ..and Indian Army in SL uniforms ….during 2009 Fake..borrowed..artificial Victory ….

        Who cares we will dance for free liquor

        Cheers

        • 2
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          “Brave Army…Navy…Air Force ????”
          The name ‘Chola’ (Solee)suits you well. Stop spreading racial hatred man!

          Of course they were and still are. They did defeat ‘King Elara’ in the past with no outside help but ”Self Proclaimed King Pirubha’ had outside help. K.P, Anton Bala, Rudra are some of them who organized it for him with a few Sinhalese traitors like ‘ Tiran, Jarapakshas’ and others.

    • 6
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      As a lawyer, Tilak Marapana will speak on behalf of any criminal for money. I do not think, being a minister he can earn even 5 percent of what he is earning by appearing on behalf of the worst criminals in Sri Lanka. Such people do not deserve to be ministers. All the right thinking MPs in the government should join hands with the JVP to get rid of such people via no confidence motion.

      • 7
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        Both Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksha and Thilak Marapona should not use the parliament privileges to defend their clients in the parliament.

        • 2
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          Lots of lies eventually becomes the truth !!! Goebells theory .That is what has happened in SL !

  • 27
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    Lanka E News flashed a special report on it’s website about this Rogue Marapana detailing all his clandestine deals with Mara,when there was talk about this Moron getting into the Government ranks especially Law & Order Ministry.

    What Gospel words are those.

    I think, the people on the highest echelons of the government including Ranil/MY3 should be reading LEN on a daily basis like a prayer,to know the facts on the ground, if they are so ignorant of things happening under their nose. If they know the facts, are they pretending not to know or worst partners in crime ?

    It is high time the Civil Society, AKD, Rajitha and Patali take up issue with Ranil/MY3 and remind them of the pledges given to us, the people that they will uphold Law & Order and punish the Murderers and Plunderers regardless of their Post or Political affiliations. MARA,GOTA, Ranil or even MY3 should not be an exception.

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      This Marapana is a f’ing disgrace and more disgraceful is for that [Edited out] RW to appoint him as a National List MP and make him a Cabinet Minister. This [Edited out] would not have even got one vote had he contested. This is RW’s sheer arrogance and RW has to go.

    • 1
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      Gospel Comment of Anwar

      Thilak Marapana Should have been neither A Parliament Member at the outset, nor a Cabinet Minister particularly for Law and Order into a Government with an Objective of Good Governance.

      Lanka E News flashed a special report on it’s website about this Rogue Marapana detailing all his clandestine deals with Mara,when there was talk about this Moron getting into the Government ranks especially Law & Order Ministry. What Gospel words are those!
      Another Gospel Matter, The Good Governance Objective Government should always remember objectively is that No Economic Plans However Best they are, will not bear the objective intended unless the Fraudulent, Corruption and Bribing activities are effectively uprooted from the society.
      This is an A,B, C, D of the Montessori of Economics, Every world leaders would have pronounced and practiced for prospering. Sri Lanka?
      In the Avant Garde issue it is turning a Iron mine into a Goldmine, if the GOSL is prepared to streamline it, free of fraud, Corruption and Bribery.
      The people on the highest echelons of the government including Ranil Wickremesinghe​and Maithripala Sirisena​ should be reading Lanka E News on a daily basis to know the facts on the ground, if they are so ignorant of things happening under their nose. If they know the facts, are they pretending not to know or worst partners in crime ? It is high time the Civil Society, AKD, Rajitha and Patali take up issue with Ranil Wickremesinghe and Maithripala Sirisena and remind them of the pledges given to us the people, that they will uphold Law & Order and punish the Murderers and Plunderers regardless of their Post or Political affiliations. MARA, GOTA, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Maithripala Sirisena whoever it may be not be an exception to this.

  • 29
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    Ranil, how can we expect the country to be in order when your own cabinet house is not in order. Before MR and gang utilize this crack to topple your government,Show some guts and relieve these ministers from their duties as they were against you.

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      Tree Horse – Well said, man. Cracks in the cabinet had formed so early
      in the 1st year of governance and one wonders whether the govt. could survive the full term of five years with already 3 ministers working against the govt.

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        I am not a fan of MR, But the man had backbone in solid decision making albeit negative.

        We do not want Ranil to look weak !!

  • 27
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    I think the Opposition must demand the investigation to be extended to GR’s links with AvGrd

  • 7
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    Guns and bullets usually come with their twin brother: drugs.

    This may be much bigger than we think.

  • 24
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    If Prez Sirisena & the PM agrees with Marapana & Wijedasa then they must apologise to the country for misleading the public on this issue. and I guess also apologise tio MR too. If not they must sack both the minister so they can spend the rest of their lives advising Senadhipathi.

    • 4
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      Abey – You are absolutely right. sack or get sacked by the people in the next election. MS/RW should nip it in the bud, other wise no
      discipline could be maintained among the cabinet members and could end up in one term PM/ President. In the past it was one man’s rule and today its no man’s rule. Prez should take stern action against saboteurs as Ranil cannot do this job of maintaining discipline.

  • 7
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    did prez sirisena and pm ranil wanted marapana to speak onbehalf avongarde

  • 11
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    If Marapana’s statement is not government policy, then he should resign or be sacked for misleading Parliament. Perhaps it would be best if he resigned and defended Avant Garde in court!

  • 11
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    First we had Mahendran and the CBSL “rip-off” and now this !!! What a shameful performance by RW. My3, we are doomed unless you act forcefully and kick these two scum-bags out. NOW.

  • 3
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    Now only I realize the “hidden” meaning of the declaration made by the CJ on this “National List”. He has told that “National List is of no National Interest”. Yes, when you know how this Minister Marapane behaves and act on National Issues, he being a National List member of Parliament amply proves that statement of CJ. There are very many who have been appointed on that “LIST” and most of them are of “No National Interests”. Thank you CJ.

  • 1
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    Were the weapons undeclared by Avant Guarde brought into the country to create a coup? Who is behind it? Is this something similar to what happened on the election night in January? Were the persons in that ship mercenaries? What is President M3 going to do about it, brush it under the carpet?

  • 5
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    Marapana and W.Rajapakse should both be made to resign immediately due to their conflict of interest and for trying to hoodwink us all.

    If these are the guys who are responsible for ‘law and order’, what hope do we have for justice in this country?

    Maithri and Ranil must have their heads examined!

  • 2
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    It’s the case of garland in the monkey’s neck. There is a huge and massive conflict of interests for these two ministers are their legal advisers, how could they go against their clients? It’s really funny and real joke that they are heading two ministries which are prosecuting this case, and they should forth-with removed from these ministries.

    Seriously and really, these three are pouring barrels and buckets load of shit on the faces of the President, PM and fellow ministers by their despicable conduct.

    We really salute AKD,Rajitha and Patali for their rock solid firm stand on this issue.

    We people never expected this from the President and PM when they came before us to get our votes. It’s not late, please take remedial action for we have lot of hopes and trusts in both them.

    We appeal to the President and PM, MR was destroyed by his close circles, please prevent the same thing happening to both of you by those around you for most of them are greedy for the dirty money, and would do any thing to get it.

  • 2
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    It looks like thilak Marapana is going to a major share holder of the Avante Guard company when the Rajapakse group of companies buy it.

  • 5
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    Comments are made against the minister concerned but no one has commented about the party who is bringing in the no confidence motion in the Parliament against the minister. Hats off to party leader Anura Dissanayake of JVP for exposing the wrong deeds of the govt. and its
    ministers, periodically . JVP votes went to UNP in the last election as people wanted to defeat MR but JVP to be watched in the next election as they are sure to get 40 to 50 seats and become the decider as to which party will rule the next govt. as people are getting fed up with the present govt.,which is turning out to be no different to former govt. and the people now do not care as to who will come to power but JVP’ers will come back to JVP to vote in large scale and it will be 3 or 4 party contest.
    JVP under charismatic leader Anura Dissanayake will have a say in the
    next election. He is already a head ache for the ruling party and MR
    as well as like a vulture he awaits to pin point the misdeeds of the
    govt. and the party sincerely works for the poor.

  • 4
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    All these crooks are still in raja horas pay roll list

  • 2
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    “Do not destroy a viable business” as some one has said is not the issue? The issue being a Government owned enterprise being Hijacked by a crafty bunch of blood suckers? led by a team of Family and friends for their own benefit and not to the benefit of the whole Country.Who gave them this unquestionable sovereign right to proceed?
    Sri-Lanka is not the property of one family or is it?

  • 1
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    The Government must face this No-Confidence Motion based on Rule of Law. Under the present regime there is no room for members of parliament to repeat the mistake done by the removal of the Chief Justice. The rule of law is based on the Police submitting the evidence in their possession to the Attorney General’s Department to frame charges and then take the necessary legal action.

    If the previous government approved this action, with the support of the present members of the opposition, a vote of No Confidence should be passed against all those who approved this operation.

    However, I cannot see anything wrong in approving this operation to control the actions of pirates in the high seas between Sri Lanka and the east coast of Africa.

  • 2
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    look at this national list MP’s face.

    He is a big time Crook.

    All this avant Guard noise is for kappam.

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